On the Job Training
See one, do one, teach one. This is a familiar phrase for many of us. We watch, we study and we learn. We practice and then we put that practice into action (under supervision). Finally, we teach the next person. It’s a process. We teach our children this process at home. It’s the way we learn in school. It’s the way we learn on the job. It’s the way we each learn and pass on wisdom throughout our lives. Discipleship works the same way. Become one with God, learn from one with God, teach someone about God.
Matthew 28:19-20 MSG "Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Jesus asked us, charges us with this job. ‘Go and make disciples.’ This is how we go about doing that. The same way we do everything else. It’s about teaching what you know. We know Jesus, we put that knowledge into action and then we share it with someone else. If you believe that you’re not ready, get ready. If you believe that you need a teacher, find one. If you believe that you need to study, then study. If you believe you need to practice, practice. If you believe you need the support of supervision, get it. Do all of that and then go. Don’t worry about not knowing enough or not having the right words, or any of the other ten things that might come to mind, because the Holy Spirit is right there by your side. He guides us. He teaches us. He’s there with us. Go, do, teach. Make disciples. On the job training is the Holy Spirit’s happy place.